James Franklin Durbin, Jr.
April 26, 1937 - January 19, 2021
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Rural Emerson, Iowa

Service 1/29/2021
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel

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James Franklin Durbin, Jr., age 83, of Emerson, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. James was born April 26, 1937 in Red Oak, Iowa at the hospital at 4th and Washington Ave., the son of James Franklin Durbin, Sr. and Roberta Houdyshel Durbin. He graduated from Emerson High School in 1956 and served in the Navy Reserves and later the Iowa Army National Guard, 1168th Transportation Division. He lived all of his life on the family farm that was settled by his grandfather, Joshua in 1870. James was united in marriage to Teresa Ackerman on December 19, 1962 in El Paso, Texas. James was a member of the NRA and enjoyed being outdoors. He was an avid Fisherman and loved trips to Canada. James also loved cars and collected Corvettes. He even participated in drag racing in his younger years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother: Robert Lee Durbin; and grandson: Kyle Durbin. Survivors include his wife of 58 years: Teresa Durbin of Emerson, IA; sons: J. Frank Durbin III of Red Oak, IA; David Bristow and wife Susan of Helena, MT; and Douglas Bristow and wife Christine of Maryville, MO; grandchildren: Miles Durbin and wife Chrystal of Red Oak, IA; McKenna Durbin of Idaho Falls, ID; Cameron Durbin of Red Oak, IA; and Joseph Bristow of Maryville, MO; and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held 10:30 AM Friday, January 29, 2021, at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Social distancing and masks are required.


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